Theater of Collaborative Survival

Our collective is defined by the aim to highlight and question the relative concepts of contamination, collaboration, culture, and exploitation, and how this relativity manifests itself in the context of complex assemblages of nature, culture, and more-than-human agents.

Elizabeth Henaff is a computational biologist with an art practice, her research focuses on the ubiquitous and invisible microbial component of our environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that ranges from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, to projects with landscape architects, to artworks shown nationally and internationally. Some recent works include commissions for the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC, the Detroit Science Gallery, and the Okayama Art Summit in Japan. She holds an Assistant Professor position at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and teaches BioDesign for the Integrated Design and Media program.

Heather Parrish is a multi-disciplinary visual artist with an ongoing interest in the mutually creative relationship between inhabitant and environment. Through video projection, installation, printmaking, and experimental photography she explores the notion of ‘boundary’ as a porous composite of interior/exterior fluctuations. Collaboration is an ongoing aspect of her creative work, including projects with scientists, filmmakers, poets, and activists. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Iowa and has exhibited work and given lectures in the United States and internationally.

Léonard Roussel is an acoustic engineer, audiovisual designer, and creative technologist. His engineering research studies the behavior of sound in architectural spaces and urban environments, applied to a variety of projects in the Americas and overseas. His creative practice explores the relationship between humans and volume of physical space, using generative and spatial audio technologies. It has been featured in European media art festivals such as Fête des Lumières in Lyon and the Berlin Festival Of Lights, museums in New York City including the Rubin Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Knockdown Center, and documentary films.